Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers and the NFL from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
Pete Dougherty starts us off with his take on Ted Thompson taking a hard line on T.J. Lang.
Let’s accept as a given that Lang is exactly the kind of player you want on your team. He plays really good football and leads on the field and in the locker room. A true professional.
Yet, when the bidding got serious, according to reports from PackersNews.com and ESPN.com, Thompson and contract negotiator Russ Ball’s final three-year offer was barely more than $7 million per. So Lang did what any of us would. He took the substantially better deal from the Lions, which included the advantage of living in his Detroit-area home year-round.
It couldn’t have been easy for Thompson to part with Lang, but it’s hard to blame him for drawing a line at guard that he didn’t for a pass rusher. The GM now has about six weeks to make the moves that ensure it was worth it.
The Packers are hosting free-agent defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois. Tom Silverstein has all the latest on a player the Packers were actually interested in back in 2013.
I chatted with readers over on our Facebook page late Tuesday afternoon about free agency and the upcoming draft:
The Packers have plenty of cap space:
Fun piece from the Packers Wire on a cornerback prospect the Packers could look at during each round of the NFL draft:
Jake Ryan made Pro Football Focus’ most-improved second-year players list:
The Packers were in attendance at Northeastern State’s Pro Day:
Packers Talk looks at the future of the wide receivers in Green Bay:
Michelle Bruton makes the case for drafting a guard in the first round:
Rob Demovsky looks at the many free-agent options still available to the Packers, including Adrian Peterson:
Speaking of which, good stuff from Sam Monson on why Peterson seems to be an undesirable free agent:
NBC Sports’ Josh Norris doesn’t think T.J. Watt is going to make it to the Packers in April’s draft: